2009-06-19 / Top Stories

Merck Patient Assistance Program Expands

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) is pleased to announce the expansion of Merck's Patient Assistance Program, which will allow many more people to receive Merck medicines for free. Patients in the United States who lack prescription drug insurance may now be eligible for the Merck Patient Assistance Program if their household income is at or below 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is set by the U.S. government. This means that patients now qualify if they have a household income of $43,320 or less for individuals, $58,280 or less for couples, or $88,200 or less for a family of four - even if the financial situation is temporary due to unemployment or other reasons.

The Merck Patient Assistance Program has a simple enrollment process and offers free delivery of Merck medicines for enrolled patients to their home or doctor's office for up to one year. Patients may be re-enrolled if they continue to need assistance.

"During these troubling economic times, I encourage all those who are finding it difficult to afford their medications to take a few moments to see if they qualify for this important program that helps address the prescription needs of many Americans," said Pheffer. Merck also offers a Prescription Discount Program and a Vaccine Patient Assistance Program. For further information on these programs, please visit www.merckhelps.com or call 1-800-727-5400.

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